Martorelli, S., Rocha Jr., V., Martorelli, A., Pereira, M. C., Brown, L. E., do Carmo, J., & Bottaro, M. (2014). Influence of graduated compression sleeves during upper-body power training. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 46(5), Supplement abstract number 906.

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This study examined the effects of graduated compression sleeves on power output and muscle activation during an upper-body power training session in resistance-trained males (N = 6). Ss performed six sets of six repetitions of bench press with a load of 50% 1-RM, with one minute rest between sets. Bench presses were performed on a Smith Machine under two different conditions: i) with compression sleeves and ii) with placebo sleeves. The conditions were experienced at least 72 hours apart. Average power was calculated for each condition. Surface electromyography was used to measure muscle activation of the pectoralis major, anterior deltoid, and triceps brachii.

There was no significant interaction or main effect for average power. Also, there were no significant differences in muscle activation between conditions.

Implication. Graduated compression sleeves have no effect on power output or muscle activation during upper-body power training.

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